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Energy and Natural Resources Committee

Energy and Natural Resources Committee

Since its creation, the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources and its predecessors have considered, reported, and overseen some of the most important legislation ever enacted by the United States Congress.

This far-reaching legislative activity can be described in the following major areas: energy resources and development, including regulation, conservation, strategic petroleum reserves and appliance standards; nuclear energy; Indian affairs; public lands and their renewable resources; surface mining, Federal coal, oil, and gas, other mineral leasing; territories and insular possessions; and water resources.

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Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources Announces Time Change for Business Meeting

The Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources will hold a business meeting on Thursday, March 30, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. EDT in Room 366 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C.
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Murkowski Highlights Need for Lands and Resources Infrastructure

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today held a hearing to continue the Energy and Natural Resources Committee’s discussion of opportunities to improve and expand American infrastructure. Tuesday’s hearing focused on infrastructure beneficial to federal lands and waters, as well as the people and communities who live near and rely on them.
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Murkowski: Energy Infrastructure Is Central to Our Way of Life

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today chaired a hearing to receive testimony on opportunities to improve American energy infrastructure. The Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources received testimony from seven witnesses who highlighted the importance of U.S. energy systems, including the electrical grid and pipelines, to national job creation and economic prosperity, as well as the need to streamline notoriously slow and uncertain federal permitting processes.
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Cantwell Calls for Action to Defend Our Critical Energy Infrastructure Against Cyberattacks

Ranking Member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) called for action to defend our critical infrastructure against cyberattacks during a committee hearing. Modernization of the electric grid brings tremendous benefits, but it also makes the grid more vulnerable to cyberattacks.
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Senators Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Permanently Authorize, Fully Fund the Land and Water Conservation...

U.S. Senators Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and 20 other senators introduced bipartisan legislation to permanently authorize and fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), which conserves and promotes access to America’s national parks, forests and public lands. After expiring for the first time in 50 years, Congress voted in December 2015 to extend the program’s authorization for only three years.
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Chairman Murkowski and Ranking Member Cantwell Announce Upcoming Energy Infrastructure Hearing

The Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources will hold a hearing on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. EST in Room 366 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington, DC.

Cantwell Votes Against Zinke and Perry, Citing Concerns About the Trump Administration’s Intentions on...

Ranking Member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) voted against two Trump administration nominees—former Governor Rick Perry to be Secretary of Energy and U.S. Representative Ryan Zinke to be Secretary of the Interior. Key excerpts explaining her reasons are below.

Committee Approves Nominees for Energy, Interior Secretary

The Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources today held a business meeting to approve President Trump’s nominees to be Secretary of the Interior, Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-Mont.), and Secretary of Energy, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

Murkowski Comments on the Trump Administration’s Efforts to Advance Energy Infrastructure Projects

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today released the following statement after President Trump issued a series of executive documents that will prioritize energy infrastructure and streamline regulatory reviews in the United States.

Cantwell Announces Blueprint to Rebuild Infrastructure That Creates 15 Million American Jobs

U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell joined Senate Democrats in unveiling A Blueprint to Rebuild America's Infrastructure and Create 15 Million Jobs, which includes a historic $1 trillion investment that would create more than 15 million jobs over the next 10 years.

We Must Shrink the Skills Gap By Investing in Energy Workforce Training Programs

Ranking Member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) applauded the U.S. Department of Energy’s new report on national energy employment and urged support of energy workforce training programs.

Delegation Introduces Bill to Accelerate AMHT Land Exchange

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan, and U.S. Rep. Don Young, all R-Alaska, today introduced companion bills to accelerate an equal value land exchange between the Alaska Mental Health Trust (Trust) and the U.S. Forest Service. The legislation, which nearly passed last Congress, protects important community viewsheds, local trails, and other conservation values while expediting much-needed timber for local operators and generating new revenues for mental health services across the state

Murkowski, Sullivan Introduce Bill to Allow Energy Production in 1002 Area of Arctic Coastal...

U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, both R-Alaska, today introduced legislation that would allow limited oil and natural gas development within the non-wilderness portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR).

Cantwell on Energy Bill: It Is Irresponsible for Our House Colleagues to Drop the...

U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), ranking member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, urged her colleagues to encourage the U.S. House of Representatives to take up the consensus agreement on energy and natural resources legislation

Breakthrough Agreements on Energy and Natural Resources Are Being Left Behind by House Leadership

U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), ranking member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, put out the following statement on the energy and natural resources agreement left behind by House leadership

Chairman Murkowski Releases Update on Energy & Natural Resources Bill

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today released the following statement on the status of her broad, bipartisan energy and natural resources bill. “For two years, we have provided a textbook example of how the regular order process is supposed to work for congressional legislation. We began with listening sessions, hearings, and a committee markup last year before moving on to a successful floor debate and a formal conference with the House of Representatives this year

Cantwell, Murray, Wyden Call on Top Energy Official to Immediately Implement New Worker Safety...

U.S. Senators Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) urged the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to take immediate action to protect workers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, in the state of Washington, by implementing new safety recommendations

New Report Calls for Increased Emphasis on Innovation and Clean Electric Power Generation

Ranking Member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) welcomed the release of a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine on innovation for clean energy.

Scientists Cite New Data, Concluding Risk-Based Fuel Reduction Is Needed to Save Our Forests

Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Energy Committee Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) joined leading scientists who provided new data showing that the majority of ponderosa pine forests in the country are at grave risk of being killed by the new, more severe fires we are now seeing. New data shows that, without a new plan, increasing warm temperatures will result in 67 million acres of our country’s forests being lost to unnaturally severe wildfires—10 percent of U.S. forests

This Is Our Chance to Modernize Our Energy Policy

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today convened the first meeting of Senate and House conferees to S. 2012, the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2016. This meeting marks the first time since 2005 that the Senate and House have held conference on an energy bill

New Report Calls for Increased Emphasis on Innovation and Clean Electric Power Generation

Ranking Member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources CommitteeMaria Cantwell (D-Wash.) welcomed the release of a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine on innovation for clean energy.

Investing in U.S. Advanced Manufacturing Will Support Jobs and Save Energy Costs

Ranking Member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) highlighted advanced manufacturing work in the state of Washington, demonstrating how the nation can lead worldwide in advanced manufacturing

USGS Is a Critical Partner to Washington in Preparing for and Responding to Natural...

Ranking Member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) called for strengthening programs at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) critical to informing decisions, ensuring public safety and monitoring natural hazards such as volcanoes, landslides and earthquakes that cause tsunamis. The state of Washington is especially prone to many of these natural disasters.

Forest Service Announces Five-Year Contract with Spokane’s Aero-Flite for Two, Water-Scooping Aircraft to Fight...

Yesterday, Ranking Member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) congratulated Aero-Flite, Inc., of Spokane, on the five-year contract awarded for two of their water-scooping aircraft. The aircraft will be used primarily for the initial attack of wildland fires

Senator Cantwell Releases a Bold Vision for Water in the 21st Century

Today, on World Water Day, Ranking Member of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) released a white paper to advance the development of a 21st century national framework for addressing drought and water security in the United States.

Department of the Interior: Yakima Water Plan Is a “Model” and “Holistic”

Yesterday, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), ranking member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, asked the Department of the Interior about its commitment to the Yakima River Basin during a hearing on the president’s FY 2017 budget request. Deputy Secretary of the Interior Michael Connor agreed with Sen. Cantwell that the Yakima River Basin plan “is a model for the rest of the nation in water management.”

Heinrich Statement on Gila River Water Project Framework

U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, made the following statement today after the U.S. Department of the Interior signed an agreement with the New Mexico Central Arizona Project Entity (CAP Entity) that initiates a process to thoroughly evaluate the full range of proposed water management alternatives for the upper region of the Gila River and examine their impacts and costs.

Tsongas strongly opposes proposed bill that severely undercuts and limits the Land and Water...

The House Natural Resources Committee held a legislative hearing on the Protecting America’s Recreation and Conservation Act, a bill that proposes extensive and dismantling changes to the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). Rep. Tsongas has championed the LWCF and has been one of the leading voices calling for its reauthorization.

Cantwell to Join Secretaries Jewell and Moniz at Manhattan Project National Historical Park Event

U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), ranking member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, will participate in the signing ceremony for the Memorandum of Agreement between the Department of Energy and the Interior establishing the Manhattan Project National Historical Park.

Murkowski, Upton, Whitfield Call on FERC to Update Electricity Market Policies

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and U.S. Reps. Fred Upton, R-Mich., chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and Ed Whitfield, R-Ky., chairman of the House Energy and Power Subcommittee, sent

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Proposed Lumber Duties Will Harm Consumers, Housing Affordability

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) today denounced the decision by the U.S. Department of Commerce to impose a 20 percent countervailing duty on Canadian lumber imports, saying it will harm American home buyers, consumers and businesses while failing to resolve the underlying trade dispute between the two nations.

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The Boulder Group Arranges Sale of Triple Net Lease Dollar General...

The Boulder Group, a net leased investment brokerage firm, has completed the sale of a single tenant new construction Dollar General located at 710 East 4th Street in Delavan, Illinois for $ $1,211,000. Delavan is part of the Peoria Metropolitan Statistical Area